If this past Tuesday had been like any other Tuesday, if planes had not
screamed out of the sky leveling buildings and killing thousands, then
I would be here with you now, speaking, as Bob asked me to, about where
we have been, separately and together, these past ten years, and where,
together as a family, we are going.
Listening to and watching our community all day yesterday from Vancouver,
I can see where we have been. With our usual passion, brilliance and determination,
we have been creating the future in particular, the future of media.
We have been creating not just the shape of the world, but of equal importance,
the way we and others will see and communicate our visions of that world.
This is an enormous responsibility, one we must undertake with our hearts
and spirits as well as our skills and minds. As Michael Gosney noted so
aptly yesterday, our image of the truth becomes the truth.
So I ask you, the members of our great family of media communicators:
when you leave here, if just for a few minutes, turn off your television
and cnn.com with its constant talk of America Under Attack
and Operation Noble Eagle and America At War.
Turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to these flag-waving, drum-beating jpegs
and slogans. Turn off these images of fear and rage and revenge.
Instead, just for those minutes, take a walk outside, somewhere beautiful,
in a garden, under a night sky, by water. Open your heart and remember
the words not of Colin Powell, but of an educational warrior, His Traubness,
David Traub: We must create media that fosters, above all else,
health, knowledge, self-esteem, friends, hope, love, spirit. We must create
technology that enables humanness.
Ask your heart: what does this technology look like this humanizing
technology? I say it is the technology of the human heart itself, and
of the human spirit. I say we need not vengeance, but vision
revenge, but resolution
..not partisanship, but prayers for peace.
As long as we believe war is an option, we will be terribly, tragically
Martin Luther King said: We must remember that darkness can never
overcome darkness and hatred will never overcome hatred. Only light can
pierce darkness, only love can soften hatred, only peace can defeat violence.
Remember Bruce Damers story about SkyCity? Thirteen-year-old Brian
and his new friends from around the world built a city in the sky. That
city was partially destroyed by two kids who believed, in their ignorance,
that destruction is cool. Brian and his friends voted not
to further destroy the city of their dreams, but instead to recreate SkyCity,
even more heautiful than before and together, they did.
Together, we in this room can create SkyCity, and it can be real and shining.
We can create images of hope and peace and trust, and they can be real,
too. It is up to us as communicators, as shapers of worlds virtual
and real, as humans.
These desperate days call for desperate acts of faith. Let them begin
here, in this room, in our hopes and in our hearts.
As Yogi Berra said: They say it cant be done
doesnt always work out.